Best American Essays: Fifth College Edition / Edition 5

Best American Essays: Fifth College Edition / Edition 5

by Robert Atwan
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Cengage Learning


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Best American Essays: Fifth College Edition / Edition 5

Unrivaled in the high quality of its selections, this contemporary reader presents 36 diverse and provocative essays drawn from the widely respected Houghton Mifflin/Ticknor & Fields Best American Essays series. A thoughtful introduction by Atwan on the essay and additional reflections on the genre by famous essayists provide students with a solid foundation. Biographical notes and brief questions for discussion or written response accompany each reading, and an Instructor's Resource Manual offers additional pedagogical tools. The book's organization reflects the types of writing most often taught in introductory writing courses personal, informative, and argumentative and selections within those categories reflect many of the issues that currently enliven campus discussion and debate.

  • Two alternative organizations feature arrangement by 10 traditional rhetorical methods and a topical grouping that links essays to current issues for argument and debate.
  • A fascinating prologue integrates 25 incisive excerpts from all the guest- editor introductions to the series, including such renowned contemporary writers as Joseph Epstein, Annie Dillard, Justin Kaplan, and Elizabeth Hardwick.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900618832599
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 02/26/2007
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Since the inception of THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS in 1986 as a trade book title, Robert Atwan has been series editor. He has published reviews and essays in a range of periodicals and edited many other literature anthologies. Atwan most recently edited two collections of poetry with a biblical theme: CHAPTERS INTO VERSE by Oxford University Press and DIVINE INSPIRATION by Oxford University Press.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Encountering the Essay What Are Essays? Essays and Articles Essays and Fiction Autobiography and Truth The Autobiographical "I" Writing the "Standard" Essay Evaluating the "Standard" Essay Essays Can Be a Risky Business The Contemporary Essay: A Diversity of Forms and Voices The Essay and Public Events The Essay's Future Prologue: Essayists on the Essay Justin Kaplan, "What Is an Essay?" Jamaica Kincaid, "Resisting Definitions" Alan Lightman, "The Ideal Essay" Ian Frazier, "The Essay as Object" Ian Frazier, "The Essay as Action" Annie Dillard, "Essays and the Real World" Susan Orlean, "The Essay's Subjectivity" Joseph Epstein, "No Standard Essay" Susan Sontag, "The Essay's Diversity" Joyce Carol Oates, "The Memorable Essay" Justin Kaplan, "The Author's Gumption" Cynthia Ozick, "Essays and the Imagination" Cynthia Ozick, "Essays Versus Articles" Annie Dillard, "Essays Versus Stories" Annie Dillard, "Essays Versus Poems" Lauren Slater, "Why Essays Can Confuse People" Edward Hoagland, "Essays Are Not Scientific Documents" Susan Sontag, "The Essayist's Defensiveness" Joseph Epstein, "On Being an Essayist" Geoffrey Wolff, "Essayists Must Tell the Truth" Susan Sontag, "The Essayist's Voice" Louis Menand, "Voice and Personality" Tracy Kidder, "The Demands of the First Person Singular" Geoffrey Wolff, "The 'Who Cares?' Factor" Stephen Jay Gould, "What 'Confessional Writing' Must Do" Edward Hoagland, "How the Essayist Acquires Authority" Joseph Epstein, "The Conversational Style" Kathleen Norris, "The Essay as Dialogue" Tracy Kidder, "The Attractions of Autobiography" Elizabeth Hardwick, "The Essayist's Audience" Susan Sontag, "Essays Start Out in Magazines" Anne Fadiman, "The Importance of Being Edited" Gay Talese, "On Certain Magazine Interviews" Gay Talese, "Listening to People Think" Elizabeth Hardwick, "On the Subjects of Essays" Annie Dillard, "The Essay's Unlimited Possibilities" 1. The Personal Voice: Identity, Diversity, Self-Discovery Anwar F. Accawi, "The Telephone" Marcia Aldrich, "Hair" Lynda Barry, "Two Questions" Judith Ortiz Cofer, "Silent Dancing" Edwidge Danticat, "Westbury Court" Yusef Komunyakaa "The Blue Machinery of Summer" David Masello, "My Friend Lodovico" Rebecca McClanahan, "Book Marks" John McPhee, "Silk Parachute" Robert Polito, "Shame" Scott Russell Sanders, "The Inheritance of Tools" Lauren Slater, "Black Swans" Amy Tan, "Mother Tongue" 2. The Attentive Mind: Observation, Reflection, Insight Rudolph Chelminski, "Turning Point" Annie Dillard, "The Stunt Pilot" Brian Doyle, "Joyas Voladoras" Marshall Jon Fisher, "Memoria ex Machina" Kitty Burns Florey, "Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog" Ian Frazier, "A Loveley Sort of Lower Purpose" Barry Lopez "The Stone Horse" Kyoko Mori, "Yarn" Joyce Carol Oates, "They All Just Went Away" Susan Orlean, "Lifelike" Gay Talese, "Ali in Havana" John Updike, "The Disposable Rocket" 3. The Public Sphere: Advocacy, Argument, Controversy Frank Conroy, "Think About It" Alan M. Dershowitz, "Shouting 'Fire!'" Anne Fadiman, "Mail" Vicki Hearne, "What's Wrong with Animal Rights" Jamaica Kincaid, "On Seeing England for the First Time" Danielle Ofri, "Living Will" Ashraf Rushdy, "Exquisite Corpse" Elaine Scarry, "Citizenship in Emergency" Peter Singer, "The Singer Solution to World Poverty" Paula Speck, "Six Seconds" Ellen Ullman, "Dining with Robots" Joy Williams, "The Killing Game"

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